Regular Life

Regular Life

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Deception Lurks

Looking at two products, Swiss Miss Classics, Milk Chocolate Flavor and Swiss Miss No Sugar Added, Milk Chocolate Flavor, at first glance one might figure that the former would be sweetened with sugar, while only the latter contained artificial sweeteners. One would be wrong.

A Little Fall Color 2013

Here in north-central Texas, we don’t get a wide variety of fall colors, and there are very few large, old trees to amaze us with what little color they put on display. Behind the parking lot at work, these quiet woods flank defunct railroad tracks. Did I just quote a George Clinton lyric? (click to… (read more)

Coffee and the Bee

I had fixed the boy’s breakfast and was running late for work. Only seconds after perfectly grinding my coffee beans I dropped the grinder. It bounced off the counter and landed on the floor, spilling all four tablespoons (pre-ground measurement). We have a cocker spaniel, and caffeine can kill dogs, but I didn’t have time… (read more)

Are We in the Jerk Store?

The only customer in the shop, I stood waiting for the nice lady behind the counter to fill my meager order: one white creme-filled donut and two glazed cinnamon twists. Behind me, the donut shop’s front door swung open with a resounding “ding” and in stepped a graying man, sharply dressed, with two small children… (read more)

Woman, Wife, Mom

In the nearly 11 years we were married before you became a mother, I simply knew you as Shannon, and Mother’s Day was a time to buy my mom a card and maybe call her. When you and I met, we hit it off quickly, and got married sooner than many thought was advisable —… (read more)